|Top Division II Matchups|
Who: Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls at No. 21 Winston-Salem State Rams
Who: No. 15 Pittsburg State Gorillas vs. No. 1 Northwest Missouri State Bearcats
Who: No. 9 Wayne State (Mich.) Warriors at Northern Michigan Wildcats
Who: No. 25 Ouachita Baptist Tigers at No. 6 Delta State Statesmen
Who: No. 24 Hillsdale Chargers at Saginaw Valley State Cardinals
|Watch Them Now|
12 Adam Neugebauer
Key Notes: Neugebauer’s nation-leading 17 touchdown passes have helped West Virginia Wesleyan start the season 4-0. The senior went 35 of 48 against Seton Hill last week, to increase his completion percentage to 70.97. All of this comes after an opening week 55-3 win against Millersville when he threw for 335 yards and six touchdowns. Neugebauer and his Bobcats look to stay undefeated this Saturday when they travel to Lincoln (Pa.).
Other Players to Watch this Week: Bo Cordell, Tusculum (Jr., QB); Tommy Corwin, Central Missouri (Sr., QB); Jonas Randolph, Mars Hill (Sr., RB); Connor Wright, Mesa State (Sr., DL); Thomas Mayo, California (Pa.) (Sr., WR); Trevor Jessee, St. Anselm (So., DB).
|Keep Your Eyes on This|
• One of the biggest rivalries in Division II football will be on display this weekend at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., when No. 15 Pittsburg State meets No. 1 Northwest Missouri State in the 10th Fall Classic. Both teams enter Saturday’s clash at 4-0, but the Gorillas will have their hands full with a Bearcats team that has scored 65, 52, 73 and 70 points in their first four games. What makes the Fall Classic so great? The attendance. In nine seasons, the Fall Classic has averaged 21,547 fans.
• It’s not too often you see a football team on the road four weeks in a row — especially the No. 6 team in the nation. But that was the case for Delta State, and after going 3-1 — with the only loss coming at FCS opponent Northwestern State — the Statesmen return to Parker Field-McCool Stadium in Cleveland, Miss., this Saturday. But the task isn’t an easy one. No. 25 Ouachita Baptist brings its undefeated record to town, and it will be the first ranked team the Statesmen face in 2011. DSU leads the all-time series 17-4, which dates back to the first meeting in 1937. Delta State leads the Gulf South Conference in total offense (462.8) and total defense (293.2).
• No. 7 Nebraska-Kearney is off to a fast start in 2011, going a perfect 4-0 to start the season. Quarterback Jake Spitzlberger has been a huge reason for the success, leading the country with 382.8 yards of total offense per game. As a team, the Lopers have racked up an astonishing 644.5 yards per game. But it’s not just the offense. Cornerback Arthur Hobbs ended the first half of last week’s 55-14 win against Western State with a 60-yard INT return. The senior has 274 interception return yards on the season; the DII record is 362 yards by Missouri Western State’s Pierre Thomas in 2003. UNK looks for a fifth consecutive win to start the season against Adams State on Saturday.
• Is this the week Grand Valley State gets off the schneid? Hosting winless Tiffin may do it. The Lakers committed six turnovers in a 26-20 loss to Findlay last weekend that dropped them to 0-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and 1-3 overall. The start is their worst since 2000. The Dragons have lost their past 14 games, and have been outscored 193-74 during their 0-4 start this season. Their defense is giving up 458 yards per game, including 292.8 on the ground. It could be exactly what the doctor ordered for GVSU.
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